Tuesday 20th February 6:00pm - 8:00pm
GLS Learner Driver Workshop
Wednesday 28th February 3:30pm - 8:00pm
Council Meeting 28 February
Get ready now for high temperatures and increased fire danger
With temperatures soaring across the state the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging residents to get ready now for periods of high temperatures and increased fire danger over the summer period.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said “Preparation is the key and we need families and households to make and discuss their bush fire survival plan so everyone knows what they need to do in the event that a fire threatens.”
The NSW RFS recommends people living in bush fire prone areas to get ready now:
Make or review your bush fire survival plan (external link) - decide now what you'll do if a fire starts near you. Have the conversation with your family and know where you’ll go, what you’ll take and what you’ll do with animals
Check the Fire Danger Rating (external link) for your area - whilst traveling look out for the roadside signs and know the fire danger rating.The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous the conditions.
Stay up to date on fires in your area - check the NSW RFS website (external link) or the Fires Near Me app for fires in your area.
Anyone who sees an unattended fire should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Fires Near Me
The Fires Near Me NSW application has recently been updated. You need to check if you’ve got the latest version of the application installed.
If you are having problems with the Fires Near Me App please Click Here (external link)
Even though 'Get Ready' weekend is over it's still important to be prepared and ready for bush fires.
IT’S A FACT! If you follow the five simple steps to getting ready and have a bush fire survival plan you will reduce the risk to you and your home.
Working together we can all help make our communities safer this bush fire season.
Top five actions
Don't know where to start? You can:
1 TRIM overhanging trees and shrubs.
2 MOW your lawn and remove all the cut grass.
3 REMOVE material that can burn around your home (e.g. door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, outdoor furniture).
4 CLEAR and remove all the debris and leaves from the gutters surrounding your home.
5 PREPARE a hose or hoses that can stretch all around the house.
Just a few small actions now could make all the difference if fire threatens your home.
Take a few moments out of your weekend to make a start towards preparing. It might be easier than you think!
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre are conducting research in to recent fire conditions and are encouraging residents across NSW to take part.
This research will help the NSW RFS and other fire services across the country better understand the community’s perception of the bush fire risk and how people prepare for it.
If you would like to take part access the online survey here : Online Research (external link)
Wingecarribee Shire Council Civic Centre,
Elizabeth St Moss Vale
Fire Control Centre Mittagong (Rural Fire Service),
Cnr Priestly and Etheridge St Mittagong.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released the climate forecast for March - May 2017.
- Autumn (March to May) rainfall is likely to be below average over the southern two-thirds of Australia.
- March is likely to be hotter and drier than average across most of Australia, except the far north and west.
- Warmer autumn days and nights are likely across most of Australia, except northwest Australia where days and nights are likely to be cooler than average.
- The drier than average outlooks are likely a result of forecast higher than normal pressure across western and southern Australia, meaning fewer rain-bearing systems are likely to cross the coast
Climate and Water Outlook, March–May 2017(external link)
More rain, more risk: Prepare for Bush Fire Season (external link)
What does this mean?
Help to keep our Community Safe
For all Bush Fire Information please go to the Rural Fire Service web site at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au (external link)